Res­i­dents turn up for up­date

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‘‘The state high­way would re­main an 80km/h area.’’

The Tu­rangi com­mu­nity is still di­vided over a pro­posed de­vel­op­ment in the town that would see a new 24-hour ser­vice sta­tion, truck stop and restau­rant built along­side the high­way.

A pub­lic meet­ing was held in the town on Tues­day to up­date the res­i­dents on the project’s progress. The com­pany be­hind the pro­posal has yet to lodge a re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion for the project.

The de­vel­op­ment would be built on the 2.9ha Park­lands Mo­tor Lodge site. The lodge will con­tinue to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall was packed with res­i­dents - some who sup­port the project and oth­ers op­posed to it. Zane Cozens me­di­ated the meet­ing.

Ryan Holmes, from Holmes Group, said the meet­ing was ex­cel­lent with some pos­i­tive com­ments made.

‘‘The feel­ing of the meet­ing was re­ally good,’’ he said.

‘‘We an­swered as well as we could any of the tech­ni­cal con­cerns. Hav­ing the ex­perts there an­swered a lot of ru­mours and as­sump­tions about the de­vel­op­ment.’’

He said he wasn’t wor­ried that some peo­ple were op­posed to the project.

‘‘It all comes down to peo­ple ei­ther want­ing it or not.’’

Five in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants spoke at the meet­ing.

Jade Shep­herd spoke about the plan­ning process and said the fi­nal as­sess­ment is yet to be com­pleted and re­source con­sents are also yet to be lodged.

Dun­can Wil­son from Traf­fic De­sign Group went into de­tail about the traf­fic as­pect of it and also touched on ar­eas of con­cern and pos­si­ble res­o­lu­tions for those.

He said in their as­sess­ment they came to the con­clu­sion the vol­ume of traf­fic through the in­ter­sec­tion of State High­way 1 will not change much but it will be dis­trib­uted dif­fer­ently by the change in turn­ing.

When com­ments were raised by the pub­lic about traf­fic turn­ing off Te Ara­hori Street onto the res­i­den­tial street Tau­pahi Road Wil­son said their as­sess­ments showed that to be un­likely - a com­ment which the pub­lic dis­agreed with.

The state high­way would re­main an 80km/h area in the pro­posal.

James Bell-Booth from Mar­shall Day Acous­tics de­scribed the noises that will be in­volved with the site when it is de­vel­oped and said sound would come from traf­fic us­ing the site, peo­ple go­ing through a Drive Thru for the take­away restau­rant and also the 24 hour ser­vice sta­tion.

He also said en­gine brak­ing had also been con­sid­ered which he has pre­dicted to be of a sim­i­lar level due to ex­ist­ing signs at en­trances of Tu­rangi call­ing for no en­gine brak­ing.

Booth-Bell pro­posed a 1.8 me­tre high bar­rier around the perime­ter to pre­vent sound from trav­el­ling.

Philip Os­borne’s as­sess­ment on the eco­nomic im­pact es­ti­mated the con­struc­tion phase of the de­vel­op­ment would re­sult in a $1.5 mil­lion eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion into the Tu­rangi com­mu­nity.

He said the project would pro­vide 42 FTE jobs for the district over a 12-month con­struc­tion phase and that would be the start of an on­go­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity that would gen­er­ate $4 mil­lion per an­num for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

A fur­ther 43 FTE roles in the ser­vice sta­tion and restau­rant has also been pro­jected.

Paul Gil­bey went into de­tail about the light­ing side of the de­vel­op­ment.

Some res­i­dents in op­po­si­tion have set up a Give a Lit­tle page in an ef­fort to raise funds to as­sist with le­gal costs in­volved in op­pos­ing the Holmes Group pro­posal.

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